An expanded version of this post originally appeared on Blogging4Jobs.
With a new spring semester starting, college students from across the U.S. are starting their job hunt. Most students are advised to start looking for a job well in advance of graduation. Are college students even using Twitter to search for jobs? The short answer is: Yes. Students are finally embracing Twitter as a way to connect with employers, research companies, and find job and internship opportunities.
HOW TO USE TWITTER IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
1. Search for jobs, internships and scholarships. Here are a few of the many potential hashtags that you could use: #jobs #hiring #entrylevel #career #USAjobs #DCjobs #salesjobs #prjobs #internships #internpro #intern #scholarships
2. Follow the career handles of companies that interest you. For example @GEICOCareers @GECareers @MicrosoftJobs share information, photos, videos and more. Read what they are posting or @message them with a question.
3. Follow your university’s career center. If your career center doesn’t currently have a Twitter presence, follow ones that do. Syracuse, NYU, Arizona, San Diego State and Indiana actively share jobs, tips, and articles on Twitter.
4. Tweet your LinkedIn profile. Once you’ve identified corporate and agency recruiters, send them a link to your profile. And inquire about job leads or ask to set up a call to learn more about their company and opportunities.
5. Subscribe to geo-targeted, industry-specific job feeds. Services such as TweetMyJobs.com, iGradJobs, and SimplyHired post jobs every day to Twitter. Subscribe to feeds specific to your job search.
6. Follow third party job-related tweeps. There is a great deal of information sharing via Twitter. @Blogging4Jobs, @careersherpa, and @Doostang are just a few that come to mind.
7. Stay in touch with recruiters that you’ve met. If you’ve met a hiring manager during a career fair or a recruiter at a networking event, ask if they are on Twitter. Follow them to stay connected.
8. Extend your brand. Keep your profile private or, at the very least, professional. If you decide to use Twitter in the job search, select an appropriate handle, write a professional bio, use a G-rated photo, and exercise your best judgment when tweeting.
About the Author:
Shannon Smedstad spends her days leading HR social media and employment branding at GEICO and has more than 12 years of recruiting experience. She’s a work@home mom raising two awesome girls who also enjoys reading, yoga, traveling and her morning coffee. You can connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. (Opinions are her own and not those of her company.)